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Ed's Exceptions to the Uniform Guidance (Feb 03, 2015)
Exceptions to the Uniform Guidance
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Civil Rights Letter - Correctional Education (PDF) (Dec 08, 2014)
Civil Rights Letter (PDF) for the Correctional Education
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FAQs - Correctional Education (PDF) (Dec 08, 2014)
FAQs (PDF) for the Correctional Education
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Guidance Principles - Correctional Education (PDF) (Dec 08, 2014)
Guidance Principles (PDF) for the Correctional Education
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IDEA Letter - Correctional Education (PDF) (Dec 08, 2014)
IDEA Letter (PDF) for the Correctional Education
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Programs (PDF) (Jun 19, 2014)
OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Programs (PDF)
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UNOFFICIAL COPY of the U.S. Department of Education (Department)Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (PDF) (Jun 17, 2014)
UNOFFICIAL COPY of the U.S. Department of Education (Department)Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (PDF)
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Transition Activities in OSERS, 2013 (PDF) (Sep 03, 2013)
Transition Activities in OSERS describes past, present and upcoming OSERS transition activities, such as projects supporting youths with disabilities served by state agencies, written products offering technical assistance and OSERS-sponsored conferences facilitating the exchange of information among transition partners. (MS Word)
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Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. Input from the NCEO Core Team (PDF) (Jul 17, 2012)
Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. Input from the NCEO Core Team (PDF)
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Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document (PDF) (May 15, 2012)
Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document (PDF)
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A Q and A on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A Q and A on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF)
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A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word)
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A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF)
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Transition Activities in OSERS (PDF) (Dec 12, 2011)
Transition Activities in OSERS describes past, present and upcoming OSERS transition activities, such as projects supporting youths with disabilities served by state agencies, written products offering technical assistance and OSERS-sponsored conferences facilitating the exchange of information among transition partners. (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali and United States Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez (PDF) (Dec 02, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary and postsecondary education schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Guidance PSE from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali and United States Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez (PDF) (Dec 02, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, postsecondary education schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Guidance ESE from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali and United States Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez (PDF) (Dec 02, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Press Release: New Guidance Supports Voluntary Efforts to Promote Diversity and Reduce Racial Isolation in Education in Tagalog. (Nov 07, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary and postsecondary education schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Press Release: New Guidance Supports Voluntary Efforts to Promote Diversity and Reduce Racial Isolation in Education in Chinese. (Nov 07, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary and postsecondary education schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Press Release: New Guidance Supports Voluntary Efforts to Promote Diversity and Reduce Racial Isolation in Education in Korean. (Nov 07, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary and postsecondary education schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Press Release: New Guidance Supports Voluntary Efforts to Promote Diversity and Reduce Racial Isolation in Education in Spanish (Nov 07, 2011)
The United States Department of Education (ED) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively, the Departments) are issuing this guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, elementary and secondary and postsecondary education schools can voluntarily consider race to further compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.
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Creating Equitable Opportunities for Children and Youth with Disabilities to Access Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics. (PDF) (Aug 26, 2011)
Creating Equitable Opportunities for Children and Youth with Disabilities to Access Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics. (PDF)
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Part B IDEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Guidance for States on the Education Jobs Fund Program (PDF) (Jun 01, 2011)
The Office of Special Education Programs issues this guidance on the Part B IDEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) guidance for states on the Education Jobs Fund Program. (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali - Translated into Spanish (PDF) (Apr 04, 2011)
Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali providing guidance and examples about Title IX requirements and how they relate to sexual harassment and sexual violence, discusses proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and educate employees and students, and provides examples of the types of remedies schools and OCR may use to respond to sexual violence. (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali (PDF) (Apr 04, 2011)
Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali providing guidance and examples about Title IX requirements and how they relate to sexual harassment and sexual violence, discusses proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and educate employees and students, and provides examples of the types of remedies schools and OCR may use to respond to sexual violence. (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali. (Oct 26, 2010)
Dear Colleague letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali, concerning recipients' oobligations to protect students from student-on-student harassment on the basis of sex, race, national origin and disability.
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Dear Colleague Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali. (Oct 26, 2010)
Dear Colleague letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali, concerning recipients' oobligations to protect students from student-on-student harassment on the basis of sex, race, national origin and disability.
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Unofficial Compilation of Regulations for the Educational Opportunity Centers Program (PDF) (Oct 19, 2010)
This page is the unofficial compilation of Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) regulations. (PDF)
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Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PDF) (Jun 17, 2010)
Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (PDF)
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Program Legislation - Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (PDF) (Apr 26, 2010)
This page provides the authorizing statute for the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program. (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter from Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights (Apr 20, 2010)
Intercollegiate Athletics Policy: Three Part Test - Part Three (2005 Additional clarification) from Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for civil Rights.
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Seclusions and Restraint Statutes, Regulations, Policies and Guidance -- State and Territory Summary (PDF) (Feb 20, 2010)
A summary of state and territorial seclusions and restraint statutes, regulations, policies and guidance. (PDF)
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Memorandum on Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (PDF) (Dec 02, 2009)
ED/OSERS/OSEP Memorandum on Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (PDF)
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H1N1 Flu & U.S. Schools: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (May 04, 2009)
H1N1 Flu & U.S. Schools: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
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Conference Call: Guidance for Schools on the Recent Flu Outbreak -- April 27, 2009 (PDF) (Apr 27, 2009)
Transcript of a conference call held on April 27, 2009 with ED and CDC staff and school officials about the 2009 flu outbreak.
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ARRA Title I, Part A Guidance (PDF) (Apr 01, 2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Public Law 111-5) provides $10 billion in new funding for programs under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The purpose of this guidance is to provide information about the allocation, use, and reporting of Title I, Part A ARRA funds.
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Guidance on Independent Living Services Funds under ARRA (PDF) (Apr 01, 2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriates significant new funding for the Independent Living programs under Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B and Part C and Chapter 2 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).
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Guidance on IDEA Part C Funds under ARRA (PDF) (Apr 01, 2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Public Law 111-5) appropriates significant new funding for programs under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This document provides guidance related to the Part C IDEA ARRA funds.
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Guidance on IDEA Part B Funds under ARRA (PDF) (Apr 01, 2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Public Law 111-5) appropriates significant new funding for programs under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This document provides guidance related to the Part B IDEA ARRA funds.
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Guidance on Rehabilitation Act, Title I, Part B Funds under ARRA (PDF) (Apr 01, 2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriates `significant new funding for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grants program, authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).
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Legislation - Master's Degree Programs at Predominantly Black Institutions (PDF) (Feb 13, 2009)
This page provides the authorizing statute for the Master's Degree Programs at Predominantly Black Institutions Program. (PDF)
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OSEP Memorandum 05-06; Procedures for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2009 Grant Award Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PDF) (Feb 04, 2009)
OSEP Memorandum outlining the procedures for receiving FFY 2009 Grant Award under Part C of IDEA. (PDF)
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Guidance for Development and Submittal of the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Plan Supplement for Supported Employment Services OMB NUMBER: 1820-0500 (PDF) (Jan 09, 2009)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administrer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states.
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Preprint for State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Plan Supplement for Supported Employment Services (PDF) (Jan 09, 2009)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states. (PDF)
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OSEP Memorandum 09-05; Procedures for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2009 Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PDF) (Dec 29, 2008)
OSEP Memorandum outlining the procedures for receiving FFY 2009 Grant Award under Part B of IDEA. (PDF)
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Section-by-Section Analysis of Final Regulations--Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (PDF) (Dec 17, 2008)
Section-by-section analysis of the final FERPA regulations published on December 9, 2008. (PDF)
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Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Significant Guidance (PDF) (Jul 28, 2008)
The Office of Special Education Programs issues this guidance to provide States with information regarding the use of funds provided under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement coordinated early intervening services (CEIS) for students who are currently not identified as needing special education.
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Further Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Guidance Regarding Title IX Compliance (PDF) (Mar 27, 2008)
Letter re-affirming the Department of Education's policy on the application of the Three-Part Test to high school athletics, which measures the accommodation of student athletic interests and abilities. (PDF)
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Legislation for Title IV, Part J, College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (PDF) (Mar 11, 2008)
This page is the statute for Title IV, Part J, College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. (PDF)
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OSEP Memorandum 08-02; Procedures for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2008 Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PDF) (Oct 16, 2007)
OSEP Memorandum outlining the procedures for receiving FFY 2008 Grant Award under Part B of IDEA.
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